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  •  New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge…
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  • Kem Owens
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    Adekemi Owens, known professionally and affectionately to music fans as "Kem," has come a long way from Nashville, Tennessee to his current hometown of Detroit, Michigan. So, one figures that is why this musical genius has written and performed songs…
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  • George Duke is a multi Grammy Award winning legend. So, when I called him to get a few quick quotes for my France Joli interview (he produced her album 'Witch Of Love') I quickly realized I needed to milk this…
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  • Born in Dallas, Texas and now happily domiciled in Los Angeles, bass player Edwin Livingston could be described as being on the crest of a wave.  His CD 'Transitions' was released in late 2010 and when recently I caught up…
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Michael Karns

Michael Karns

Yes, she is young. Yes, she has great chops, but when you hear Grace Kelly's tone, you will agree that a fine innovator is poised on the horizon of jazz today.Her…
Although I am reviewing this title under the CD category, it is actually a DVD in the documentary format. Please note that there is a companion CD entitled; Phil Woods, …
So many tenor sax players, so little time! Nevertheless, Fred Hess leaps in with these top flight entries that stand out from the crowd.
On Perry ST Gets going…
This album could just as easily have been titled; "Live at the Cellar," since this is the Vancouver club where it all started for Mr. Perry, and where he has fast forwar…
Swanee River - Jelinek's banjo opens as if to say "Ready? Here we go." This new and fun version of the Foster classic is indeed a fast trip down the old river. Har…
This is not just another "friends" or concept album, but a talented collaboration of classy and sassy compadres making fine jazz. It starts with composer Reed Kotler's well…
Down Beat magazine designates a category in their reader polls called Talent Deserving Wider Recognition. Scott Lindenmuth would fit nicely there.Although well known…
One of the beautiful things about jazz is when it brings world music to our ears. For example Sun Ra, Taj Mahal, and Weather Report are known to have done this extensively …